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The Find: December 2014

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AMPED-UP IRISHMAN REACHES U.S. SHORES

The Walsh family set out to make whiskey the way it was produced 200 years ago, before Irish whiskey fell out of fashion. That original recipe—a blend of pot still whiskey and single malt—was long referred to as the “Champagne of whiskey,” which aptly describes The Irishman line-up today. Most famous for their remarkably priced Founder’s Reserve (SRP $33), The Irishman is unveiling a limited-edition Cask Strength expression. A marriage of single pot still and aged, triple-distilled single malt aged in ex-bourbon barrels, it weighs in at 108 proof. Available through Palm Bay International; SRP $150.

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STOLI’S ANDEAN EDITION OF ELIT REDEFINES LUXURY VODKA

Stolichnaya has announced the arrival of their Elit pristine water series: Andean edition, the third and final entry in the exclusive series. Inspired by the notion that water impacts vodka character not unlike terroir affects the taste of wine, Stoli scoured the globe in search of exquisite water sources. This year’s search concluded in Chile’s La Araucanía region, where a natural spring from the foothills of the Andes flows into crystal-clear Colico Lake. The pristine water is combined with a distilled spirit base made from a single source of grain harvested in Tambov, Russia, from land so fertile that it is farmed without fertilizers or pesticides. The rich blend then undergoes a freeze-out filtration process at -18 degrees Celsius.This limited edition Elit’s hand-cut crystal bottle is sealed with a silver medallion overlaid with gold and crowned with a ruby depicting the Elit logo fl ame. The bottle is then nestled in a dramatic leather-lined wood case. Only 300 bottles were made; 70 will make it to the U.S. SRP is 3,000 euros (about $3,725).

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CASAMIGOS ON A ROLL, ADDS AÑEJO

Founding partners George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Michael Meldman have released Casamigos Añejo, joining their highly awarded Blanco and Reposado tequilas. Made from 100% Blue Weber agave plants whose slow-roasted piñas are fermented for 80 hours (nearly double the industry standard), Casamigos Añejo has a complex aromatics of caramel and vanilla, and perfect balance of agave sweetness layered with barrel oak and spice. As with the Blanco and Reposado, every batch of the Casamigos Añejo is tasted and approved, then bottles are numbered and signed by Clooney and Gerber. 80 proof; available in 1L, 750ml (SRP $54.99), 375ml, 50ml.

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DIAGEO ROLLS OUT NEW FLAVORED WHISKIES

Here’s a sure sign that flavored whiskies are just getting started: Diageo has just jumped in with several new expressions. Crown Royal Regal Apple is a unique blend of hand-selected Crown Royal whiskies and Regal Gala apples; 70 proof, SRP $24.99/750ml. After a launch that included being unveiled on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Regal Apple will enjoy robust promotion via TV, print and social media. crownroyal.comJeremiah Weed is also receiving a jolt of spicy new fl avors, line-priced at $18.99/750ml and designed to be enjoyed as shots or with cola. Shipping now are: Jeremiah Weed Spiced Whiskey (70.6 proof), Cinnamon Whiskey (71.2 proof) and Sarsaparilla Whiskey (70.4 proof).

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